These areas like ‘2060’ in Antwerp already have a very diverse population of different nationalities living there for some years or for generations. The newcomers seem to find their way to these areas relatively easy. Here there is a specific dynamic and solidarity among the newcomers and between the newcomers and the people of the neighbourhood. Not only newcomers and immigrants are populating these areas, also young Belgians start a family here because of the cheaper house prices and the attraction of living in diversity. The city government has been investing in these areas. By building a new library, a park and investing in housing the city has tried to improve the quality of live in these areas. Cultural organisations are also drawn to these areas because of the dynamics. By locating their cultural houses and starting up projects, cultural organisation hope to learn from these different nationalities and enhance cultural live in these areas.
We will use the stories and experiences of these arrival areas to examine the concept of ghettos. Are these areas the ghettos of today or are they something completely different?
kunstZ is a community art organisation focused on employing, engaging and training minorities of Antwerp into the cultural field. Together with the participants kunstZ produces theatre and performances. KunstZ is also a platform for the participants to find employment in the cultural field of Antwerp and Flanders. Last but not least KunstZ has an academy, a theatre-training program for immigrants and foreign-speaking newcomers. It will be the students of the academy who will participate in the “City Ghettos of Today” project.
The MAS is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of the people, the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world.
The MAS | Museum aan de Stroom – a landmark on the boundary between the city and the port – is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of people with diverse mentalities who came from a multitude of backgrounds.
The MAS is for those who are curious about the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world. It is a museum for those who want to know more about Antwerp’s place, and their own, in the world.
The MAS is a cultural heritage forum that works with various collections and methodologies. It is developing a diverse intramural and extramural programme, the common theme of which involves stories of the river, the city, the port and the world.
The MAS works with the public, experts and other partners on both national and international levels. It ensures maximum accessibility and involvement of the general public.
Both the installation and the performance had been created by the City Ghettos of Today’s workshop participants which, in turn, led by the international artistic team:
Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) direction and dramaturgy
Gabriele Silva (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna) scenography
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw) direction
Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris) actors training and dramaturgy
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw) playwright
Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki) video artist
Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology) music and sound design
Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC)
Elena Basteri, Christian, Willhelm and Johannes Kup (OnElf Theatre and Performance Collective)
Mehmet Ballikaya (Tanz der Kulturen)
The results of this collective undertaking was presented on Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 pm at English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center.
Moderated by sociologist Baris Ulker of Technical University Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, artists, activists and academics discussed Berlin, gentrification, social and urban change as well as the role of the artist as both catalyst of gentrification and as producer of alternative spaces and counter narratives of the urban and social environment.
Participants: Baris Ülker (Technische Universität Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies), Elena Basteri (OnElf Theater and Performance Collective Berlin), Piotr Bystrianin ( Foundation “Ocalenie”, Warsaw), Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC), copy & waste (Artist Collective), Michelle Teran (visual artist), Lucile Gemaehling (European Alternatives), Helga Dressel (Haus der 28 Türen).
Beginning on November 4, the international artistic team of “The City Ghettos of Today” from Poland, Italy, Finland and France together with the local partners English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts and OnElf Theater and Performance Collective invited an heterogeneous group of participants based in Berlin, old and new Berliners, from Germany and from beyond, to work and reflect on the changing living and social conditions in the city. Starting from the stories and biography of the participants as a representative “sample” of contemporary Berliners and in a provocative relation with one another, a collective, controversial and complex portrait of the city created and strategies and desires for a common future had been rehearsed.
Workshops will be led an artistic project team consisting of: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Gabriele Silva (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | IPAC), Elena Basteri, Christian Willhelm and Johannes Kup (OnElf Theatre and Performance Collective), Mehmet Ballikaya (Tanz der Kulturen), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (University of Arts of Helsinki – Center for Music and Technology)